NORDHOLMENE – URBAN DELTA With 200 ha, Copenhagen’s Nordhavn (Northern Harbour) is the largest urban transformation project in Scandinavia. The area, today used as harbour, will be transformed into a new Copenhagen neighbourhood within the next 50 years. Fully developed, it will provide the living environment of 40.000 residents. 40.000 people will work there. The area will comprise of 3.4 million square meters floor space. INTRODUCTION Today, the industrial landscapes of Nordhavn are laid out as sharply edged docks and open spaces, and mark the entry to the harbour of Copenhagen. The area holds a long industrial history and a strong identity - both of which are important not to erase during the transformation. Environmental sustainability is a central topic in the planning of Nordhavn. In the international consciousness Nordhavn shall stand as a strong positive image for Copenhagen as an environmentally friendly city. With the goal of creating an environmentally friendly city facing the sea, Nordhavn has the potential to become a regional pioneer project – and this opportunity must be seized! Great recreational landscapes, cultural amenities, and urban spaces shall become destinations for all Copenhageners and the city’s guests. THE GREEN CITY ON THE WATER It is the people who make the city. All of them have the right to live in the city if they wish to! That also includes the 160.000 (involuntary) commuters to Copenhagen, 40.000 of whom we - with Nordhavn - can offer to become Copenhageners again. On Nordhavn, it’s possible to live in the city, in close proximity to work, cultural facilities, schools and other services – and simultaneously be close to nature, light, air and water. The strategy for Nordhavn is not about implanting suburban lifestyles into urban areas – on the contrary: it allows people to make a choice between the periphery and life in a dense green and blue neighbourhood in a place close to the city centre. The right to be a Copenhagener! LIFE ON THE WATER The rugged past of Nordhavn as an industrial harbour will now be transformed into unique possibilities for the Copenhageners. The futue residents will have undreamed-of possibilities to get close to the water. The quay edges will be adapted and made accessible, making it possible to have harbourbaths, tide water stairs, rowing clubs, floating markets, cantilevered plateaus, pontoon bridges, towing places, housing on the water, shortcuts across the basins, guest harbour… The right to the water! THE DIVERSE CITY Nordhavn will be a diverse, colourful and mixed part of town with room for everybody. Diversity shows itself spatially as a mix of places, functions and users. There will be a mix of people who rent or own a house; in addition there will be youth, elderly and social housing. There will be room for offices, creative and commercial businesses, restaurants, cultural facilities and sport resources. Diversity is likewise expressed throughout the juxtaposition of new and old. In Nordhavn, the existing buildings will figure as a cultural, historic and economical archive in a new coherence; more than just monuments of the past. The diversity ensures the feeling of city, and counteracts the creation of ghettos of any kind. The right to the city! THE COMPACT CITY The Copenhageners are not just consumers of the city. The urban plan is a meta-strategy that makes it easier for all to lead a sustainable life. The design actively promotes a green approach to life. With the compact city we provide a sustainable framework: The compact city concentrates people, experiences and activities. It reduces energy consumption for transport, construction and maintenance. It makes it convenient to walk, to bike and to use public transport. It protects the inhabitants against the winds from the sea, and turns the growth away from suburban sprawl to a dense, green urban development. The right to a sustainable lifestyle! THE CO2-NEGATIVE ENERGY PLAN To choose central solutions for energy provision rather than de-central, is deeply rooted in the Danish tradition. Globally this choice has placed Denmark at the cutting edge of environmentally justifiable energy distribution. Nordhavn can be integrated in the existing, effective, systematic solutions of distribution of heating, electricity and water. Nordhavn is in an unusually good position to become a flagship project with a minimal, maybe even negative, CO2 footprint trom energy supply. Nordhavn is surrounded with significant sources of renewable energy. Large amounts of geothermical heat in the underground, good wind conditions and sun energy. Besides that, the ocean contains an almost never ending potential of cooling. All in all the potential of sustainable energy by far exceeds the neighbourhood’s own need, and thus the neighbourhood export sustainable energy to the rest of Copenhagen. As well as windmill parks once where experimental, Nordhavn could be the place where new technologies and processes are tested and implemented. Nordhavn will be the continuation of the green successful story of Copenhagen. In connection with the climate summit, COP15, Nordhavn can realize new, higher and better standards of sustainable city development. The right to a green consciousness! FIVE MINUTE CITY HIGHCLASS PUBLIC TRANSPORT At Nordhavn, it is easier to walk, bike or use public transport, than driving a car. A “Green Loop” including the metro highline strategically connects the individual islets with each other. The stations are placed so the majority of the inhabitants of Nordhavn have less than 400 meters to the nearest stop – a distance you can walk in five minutes. SUPER BIKEPATHS It is even faster to go by bike. Along ”The Green Loop”, a super bikepath without any obstacles is established. The trip through the loop is a journey through the diverse landscapes of Nordholmene. Commuters will pass through the changing East-West going strips of city, water and park. on the way you experience the view of the dense and varying cityscapes, as well as the open continuous perspectives of the sea. The combination of bike path and high class public transport is made into a strong visible and productive landscape element of the area.